Park Avenue School advances in LEGO league

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Students with the Powell Lane school present their LEGO robotics design. (Photo/ Dan Offner)

Teams from all three Westbury elementary schools – Drexel Avenue, Park Avenue, and Powells Lane – and the Westbury Middle School competed with students from 24 different school districts at the annual FIRST LEGO League tournament. 

Students from the Park Avenue School’s “Techno Robots” team were the top district performers during the first day of the competition, on Saturday, Feb. 8, finishing in 14th place among the districts.

They also received the Robot Design Strategy and Innovation Award and will advance to the Long Island Championship competition round in March. 

Westbury Middle School Green Dragons participated on Sunday, Feb. 9, taking home the Core Values Teamwork Award for their enthusiasm, spirit, strong communication, problem-solving, and time management skills. 

“One of the most extraordinary experiences for students is to go out and do work outside of the school district and actually meet other students from other school districts and network,” said Westbury schools Superintendent Eudes S. Budhai. 

Parents and students filled the Little Theater at Westbury High School on Thursday, Feb. 13, for a special meeting of the Westbury Board of Education.

Students from each team gave a presentation on their own experiences of the competition and ways in which they were able to work together to accomplish their mission. 

Members of the Board of Education were also given a presentation by virtual enterprise students at Westbury High School, who have created their own T-Shirt company known as “Deluxe.”

In addition to printing their own unique student-made designs, they have created a website and social media campaigns to help promote awareness of the Deluxe brand. 

In addition to student presentations, the board approved resolutions to appoint two new probationary teachers to the district and granted tenure for reading teacher Lisa Rufino and Westbury High School assistant principal Paul Pelech. 

The next planning meeting of the Westbury Union-Free School District Board of Education will be held on March 12 at the Westbury High School library.

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